This blogger skimmed the book “Blood Will Out” by Walter Kirn, published in 2014. It is a personal account of the author’s relationship with the scammer, Clark Rockefeller, aka Christian Gerhartsreiter. Kirn, a novelist and journalist, befriended him in the late 1990’s.
Growing up, Gerhartsreiter had had permissive parents, who “… excused and coddled their naughty son.” This might have led to his thinking he could get away with bad behavior, including murder, as an adult. He was, to the dismay of his ex-wife, initially caught for a different crime– trying to abscond with his young daughter. This was in 2008, a year fraught with stories of dishonest dealings on a large scale– Lehman Brothers, Bernie Madoff, subprime lenders, etc.
Read the book to learn how and why Kirn was suckered into a lopsided friendship with a swindling phony.